Sunday, February 01, 2015

Walking on Planet C

The Big Apple Band

Walking on Planet C

The Big Apple Band


I just saw this video for the first time in my life today. It's The Big Apple Band, which is us pre-CHIC playing live in a video recording studio. It was made by Kenny Lehman, the co-writer of CHIC's debut single "Dance, Dance, Dance." Kenny was also a booking agent who was trying to get us gigs doing high-school proms. We never got one prom gig but did lots of gigs on the chittlin' circuit, and the seeds of CHIC were being planted.

In my memoir "Le Freak," I tell how Bernard and I were developing into sophisto-funkers while others around us weren't quite convinced. Notice that only he and I are wearing suits while our band mates are more Rock & Roll casual. The band was forced to change its name after composer/arranger/producer extraordinaire Walter Murphy, had major success with a great disco reworking of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. He called it "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band.

Here, our Big Apple Band covers Earth, Wind and Fire's "Getaway." I believe the song's DHM is totally captured though we have no keyboards or horns. I tip my hat to both versions of The Big Apple Band.

 


 


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"Start Again," Again

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"Start Again," Again

Two days ago the WOWOW TV documentary arrived. Many of you may have seen it already, but many haven't. The production company Br@in did such a great job, I believe it warrant's a second day.

It's a full length TV special that was just broadcast in Japan. I decided it was better to post it in this format so you can scroll to any point along the timeline.

Though the narration is in Japanese, everything else is in English. It's done in such a way that you can follow it perfectly. It reveals almost everything in my professional life; video game soundtracks, Double Time: The Musical, Bernard Edward's death, the agressive prostate cancer attack, Japan's tsunami, The CHIC Organization, my daily blog - Walking on Planet C, and much, much more is covered in the WOWOW TV Doc, "Start Again," Again.

 


 


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WOPC: "Start Again" The WOWOW TV Doc

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"Start Again" The WOWOW TV Doc

Yesterday the WOWOW TV documentary arrived. It's a full length TV special that was just broadcast in Japan. I decided it was better to post it in this format so you can scroll to any point along the timeline.

Though the narration is in Japanese, everything else is in English. It's done in such a way that you can follow it perfectly. It reveals almost everything in my professional life; video game soundtracks, Double Time: The Musical, Bernard Edward's death, the agressive prostate cancer attack, Japan's tsunami, The CHIC Organization, my daily blog - Walking on Planet C, and much, much more is covered in "Start Again," The WOWOW TV Doc.

 


 


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WOPC: The Original CHIC Organization

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The Original CHIC Organization


Co-writer and producer of CHIC's first single, "Dance, Dance, Dance," Kenny Lehman came to Le Crib today

Kenny Lehman, co-writer and producer of CHIC's first single "Dance, Dance, Dance," came to Le Crib today. He brought over a VHS copy of my band before we became CHIC.

It's amazing that he actually had a video tape recording from 1975. Unfortunately, I can't have it in today's blog because I'm having it digitized. I promise to bring it to you within the next few days.

Today I'll play "Dance, Dance, Dance" by The Original CHIC Organization.

 


The Full Early CHIC Organization - R.I.P. Luther Vandross, Raymond Jones, Bernard Edwards & Tony Thompson


Ooh! Look! An old VHS tape

 


CHIC performing "Dance, Dance, Dance" on American Bandstand

 


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